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Help Fertilizing Hollies
#92065 March 13th, 2007 at 04:51 PM
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Help, my husband fertilized our Hollies with 10-10-10. They are yellowing and I am certain instead of the 10-10-10 they need Holly Tone. How soon may I apply Holly Tone?
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Re: Help Fertilizing Hollies
#92066 March 15th, 2007 at 05:38 PM
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I don't think it necessarily was the 10-10-10 fertilizer that did it -- maybe it was how much he used? The maximum amount to use is no more than 1 Tbsp per foot of height.
As to when to apply Holly Tone, keep in mind you'd just be giving the tree more fertilizer (Holly Tone is 4-6-4). Check the package instructions to see if the manufacturer of the 10-10-10 gives recommendations for feeding trees/shrubs and work from there.

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#92067 March 16th, 2007 at 12:58 AM
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What about using Ironite?

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#92068 March 16th, 2007 at 05:25 PM
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Ironite is still a fertilizer -- albeit one with very low percentages of N-P-K (1-0-1). Best check with your husband and find out how much fertilizer he applied ... too much love will kill a holly shrub faster than too little.

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#92069 March 21st, 2007 at 06:46 AM
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I use Holly Tone, but not on my hostas. I don't think they require acid fertilizer. On my hostas, I use an organic fertilizer called Harmony 5-4-3. My mom has been using it for 4 years, and her hostas are HUGE!


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